NEW ENGLAND INDIAN SUMMER Author:Van Wyck Brooks Van Wyck Brooks is an author who could clothe the dead bones of the past. In Indian Summer he writes of a Boston quite interesting, significant in some ways of the trend of the nation, and in spite of its Dr. Holmes, William Dean Howells, Henry and William James, and the great painters and historians, not really well known, unless to Bostonians... more ». He has chosen a great intellectual center when its age of gold was declining to an age of gilt, as a stage upon which highly articulate and still very important minds act out the results of the rise of American materialism.
Hence we get in the beginning of this dramatic narrative, a state of mind curiously like the troubled twenties and thirties of this century. A great Civil War has ended. The high idealistic hopes of the Emersons have been buried under countless casualties and a country wrecked in the South, strained to the breaking in the North. The young men who have survived are disillusioned, restless. .....« less